Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Bud Norris' eight brilliant innings and three Baltimore home runs resulted in a 4-0 Orioles' victory over the Boston Red Sox that opened a three-game series.
Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty all went deep in the win, while the Red Sox mustered just three hits against Norris (5-5) in falling to 1-6 on their current nine-game road trip.
"Orel Hershiser used to talk about one pitch to compete, two to win and three to dominate," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "I wouldn't say [Norris] was dominant, but that third pitch [the changeup] kind of put his game at a different level. Really commanded the fastball, too. Got some early outs, didn't really get in a lot of deep counts. I thought that was fun to watch."
Jones finished 3-for-4, Flaherty went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Markakis had two hits and two RBI to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
All three homers came off Jake Peavy (1-4), who was otherwise solid in a seven-inning stint in which he struck out seven with one walk.
Norris gave up a single to Brock Holt that opened the contest, then proceeded to set down 14 straight Boston batters until Daniel Nava doubled and was left stranded in the fifth inning.
The Baltimore right-hander issued a pair of walks in the sixth but prevented any damage, and capped off his stellar stint with his sixth strikeout of the night, getting Xander Bogaerts to swing and miss with David Ross stationed at third base in the eighth.
"I probably would have given him a chance to finish that game," Showalter stated. "He had a blister, a pretty good blister going on underneath his nail. Didn't like the way it was starting to look."
Peavy, meanwhile, shook off a first-inning homer by Jones to keep it a 1-0 game until the fifth, when Markakis followed a Flaherty single by yanking an inside curveball onto the concourse in right field.
Flaherty extended the lead to 4-0 in his next at-bat, hammering the first pitch he saw from Peavy in the seventh over the wall in right center.
"Yeah, I'd take a few pitches back and it's a different game," Peavy said.
Norris' eight innings pitched matched a career high set three times previously ... The Orioles improved to 26-15 when homering this season ... Boston fell to 0-18 when scoring three runs or less ... Holt has now hit safely in nine straight ... Jones' homer was his fourth in eight June games ... Baltimore slugger Chris Davis ended up with a rare bunt single in the fourth inning after a successful challenge on an out call by Showalter.